Starting from 1 April 2020 onwards, the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia will see stricter rules being enforced by the authorities.
Announced by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on 30 March 2020, the second phase of the MCO will be different from what is in place now. Namely, all business premises and stores across Malaysia will be limited to only operate from 8am to 8pm daily. This includes operational hours of supermarkets or any establishments that sell essential items (such as convenience stores or pharmacies), restaurants, and home food delivery options. One important thing to note about the latter: it essentially means that you won’t be able to get food or items delivered to your place past 8pm, so plan wisely.
In addition, public transport, petrol stations, as well as taxi and e-hailing services are from 6am to 10pm. The Defence Minister explains that the longer operational time for public transportation is due to the nature of the jobs of some Malaysians, who work on shifts. As for private vehicles, only one person is allowed to be in a car at any time.
Ismail stresses that there has been an increase in arrests with 828 people detained at roadblocks nationwide. “This shows that the police have started to take firmer action,” he commented, adding that the police and military are conducting 1,520 roadblocks all over the country.
Expect an increase of roadblocks, particularly at toll plazas. “This number will be increased soon to all 114 toll plazas in the country.”
However, this should not be mistaken for a lockdown or curfew – the public is still allowed to venture out for necessary items and food, but just to be done within the set timeframe.
And again, these stricter measure are done in an attempt to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. Together, it is possible. Stay safe and stay at home, all!